Friday, April 17, 2009

IFPI Hong Kong Awards

The Hong Kong edition of the IFPI awards - or to give it its full title, the IFPI Hong Kong Top Sales Music Awards - were held last week. The biggest winners were Andy Lau (刘德华, Liú Déhuá ) and Joey Yung (容祖儿, Róng Zǔ'ér), who took out the awards for Highest Album Sales of the Year for Male and Female Singer respectively. Andy Lau also was the recipient of the Best Selling Cantonese Album award with Wonderful World Concert Tour Hong Kong. Best Selling Mandarin Album award went to Taiwanese boy band Fahrenheit (飞轮海, Fēilúnhǎi) for Two-sided Fahrenheit (双面飛輪海).

Andy Lau, the singer-actor whose successful career has stretched over twenty five years, shows no signs of waning popularity with three big selling albums in 2008. As well as the live concert album Wonderful World Concert Tour Hong Kong, he also released Everyone is No. 1. Both albums were in the IFPI Top Ten Cantonese Album Sales. His Wonderful World Concert Tour Shanghai was also in the Top Ten Mandarin Album Sales.

This year is the fourth time Joey Lung, the unofficial queen of Cantonese pop, has won the Best Selling Female Singer award; she also won it three consecutive years from 2004 to 2006. In 2008 she had two albums in the IFPI Top Ten Cantonese Album Sales list. Starlight is a live album from her 2008 ten concert series at the Hong Kong Coliseum, while the oddly title, oddly punctuated Love: Joey: Love: Four (喜歡祖兒4) is a compilation album. The Starlight concert series was so successful, she repeated it at the end of the year with a further four Hong Kong concerts, and has embarked on a world tour of North America and Asia.

Fahrenheit, the four-member Taiwanese boy band, are relative newcomers to the music scene, releasing their debut album in 2006. Their good looks and bubblegum pop have created legions of teenage girl fans throughout Asia. Two-sided Fahrenheit is their second album, and sporned two number 1 singles, New Home (which also featured girl group S.H.E) and Existing for You.

IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry) represents the recording industry organisation. The Hong Kong Group of IFPI has been presenting its Top Sales Music Awards, which are based on audited retail sales, since 2001. For a full list of the 2008 winners including the Top Ten Album Sales and Top Ten Singers, see the IFPI website. The Asian Universe website has English translations of the award list.

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